Every small step helps sustain nature’s resources. And organizations like Asbury Communities, Inc., have a real opportunity to make a significant difference. In keeping with Asbury’s core value of stewardship, the principle of sustainability is being employed at every Asbury community – in virtually every area of operations. Read on for some highlights.
A WATERSHED YEAR FOR SAVING WATER
With the help of Sodexo, Asbury Communities’ laundry facilities saved an incredible 900,000 gallons of water at Asbury Methodist Village, Bethany Village and Asbury~Solomons Island. The reduction grew out of a year-long process that began with individually metering each washing machine to achieve maximum efficiency with water, chemical and energy use. This, in turn, created a tidy savings of approximately $30,000 at those three communities in those areas. This year, Inverness Village and Springhill will come fully online with the program.
REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS, SAVING GAS
A new contract with Brickman landscaping services will also strengthen Asbury Methodist’s Village’s environmental commitment. Brickman uses propane-powered mowers and battery-operated weed eaters, which reduce carbon emissions. Instead of using plastic flower pots, Brickman only uses biodegradable ones. The company also mulches cut grass and leaves on site – eliminating the gas used to transport them off campus and adding nutrient-rich materials back into the soil. Later this year, Brickman will conduct a water usage survey, as well, in an effort to reduce usage.
And, of course, Asbury Methodist Village is proud to be a nationally-certified Wildlife at Work site. Last November, the Wildlife Habitat Council announced that Asbury Methodist Village had been recertified through 2014 due to its outstanding environmental endeavors. Typically, applicants must reapply for recertification every year.
Asbury’s recognition is the result of many hours of hard work from residents like Anita Taylor, co-chair of the Asbury Wildlife Habitat Team Steering Group. Brickman will be working with the Steering Group and the Department of Natural Resources to make upgrades to the community’s wildlife habitat area and wellness trail.